Welcome to the Dissertation House


The Dissertation House is comprised of a series of workshops, meetings, and seminars that are held on college campuses and at conferences to facilitate successful completion of the doctoral degree. The workshops emphasize writing the dissertation, preparing for the defense, and communicating with faculty. The Dissertation House is a program of the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) and is supported by the Graduate Schools at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), the University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Maryland Baltimore.  Growth of the program is also attributed to the Council of Graduate School’s Ph.D. Completion Project.
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Sisters in the Dissertation House – Dessert Discussion: Fri. Aug. 19, 2016 #ThinkBigDiversity


Building upon the inaugural idea of Dr. Shanna Smith (Visiting Professor of English at Jackson State University, former GA for the PROMISE AGEP and PROMISE Peer Mentor at College Park), and the book “Sisters in the Dissertation House” by Dr. Jennifer Bacon, we are happy to present our 2016 event: “Sisters in the Dissertation House – Dessert Discussion 2016.” This event will be held at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve, from 8:30 PM – 10 PM on Friday, August 19, 2016.  This event is part of the larger 2016 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI).  (Details and registration for the SSI:  http://bit.ly/PROMISESSI2016)

This year’s discussants are both featured in the book, and they have been friends since they were graduate students together in the PROMISE Dissertation House: Dr. Alexis Williams (Teaching and Learning Transformation Center – TLTC, University of Maryland College Park, Alumna: College Park), and Dr. Patricia Ordóñez (Faculty, Computer Science, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras).

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The discussion will be held in a hotel suite at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve, and will not be shared publicly. If you are interested in attending, please send email to PROMISEstaff@gmail.com with the subject line: “Sisters in the Dissertation House 2016.” You will receive an email with the room number closer to the date.

You may purchase the book from Amazon here:  https://www.amazon.com/Sisters-Dissertation-House-Narrative/dp/1581072686.

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July 2016 Writing Workshops w/lectures on impact factor and “false demon of perfection”


Impact Factor Perfection DevilBuilding upon the foundation of the Dissertation House, we continue to host workshops for students and postdocs who are working on other projects, e.g., grant proposals, publications, research portfolios, job applications. This week, by popular demand, we’re bringing “Writing for Publication” back via a series of “Writing Workshops” and we’re including two embedded afternoon seminars, by Dr. Kevin Omland. Here is the schedule.

    • WEDNESDAY, JULY 6 & THURSDAY, JULY 7. (For Grad Students & Postdocs) – Writing for Publication Workshop: From July 6 to July 7, 9 am – 5 pm, –  Commons 331. For those working on publications, papers, applications, grants: Please join this writing space. We will provide the work space, breakfast, and lunch. RSVP: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/40161 [This event will include a goal-setting session, tips for writing, mini-lectures, and time for writing.]
    • WEDNESDAY, JULY 6. (For Grad Students & Postdocs) – Understanding Impact Factor: A mini lecture seminar held on July 6, 9:30 am to 12 pmCommons 331. The speaker, Dr. Kevin Omland, Professor of Biological Sciences, will be talking about how the publications are ranked. RSVP here:  http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/40162 [Students who register for the July 6 & 7 “Writing Workshop, listed above, are automatically participants in this session.]
    • THURSDAY, JULY 7. (For Grad Students & Postdocs) – Avoid the False Demon of Perfection: “Writing for Publication” seminar. It will be held on July 7, 1 pm to 3 pm, in the Commons 331. The speaker, Dr. Kevin Omland, has more than 50 publications, that have been cited more than 3000 times. RSVP here: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/40163 [Students who register for the July 6 & 7 “Writing Workshop, listed above, are automatically participants in this session.]

Posting Goals and Blogging

Participants are asked to post their goals on this page, below (Name, School, Department, Goal for the two days). Those are attend the workshop are asked to post comments to share what they’ve learned. Please use the hashtags #WritingWorkshop, #ImpactFactor #PerfectionDemon in your posts. Thank you for joining us. If you are not able to join in person, you may join us virtually. Let us know who you are, and what you plan to accomplish over the next two days. (Feel free to take a look a the Dissertation House’s “Summer Challenge 2016” to see how this process works. If you are working on your dissertation, please use that page for your posting.)

 

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The Dissertation House Online, open now! All invited


Balloons - Colorado_Springs_Hot_Air_Balloon_Competition50_75We’re so pleased that the PROMISE Dissertation House sessions are so popular, and we are especially thankful to all of the people who have been involved and who have finished their dissertations as part of the DH! Since space is limited, and since we know that everyone has busy schedules, we maintain a Dissertation House online for those who can’t join us in person. All participants in the DH who are with us in person must blog daily while they are in the session, but we invite all and all who desire to join us to come into the “DH Online.” We’ll see you there! https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/blog-online-challenge/summer-2016-challenge/

We’re spending part of our holiday answering messages, and we’re looking forward to assisting you as you jump in to meet your writing goals!

 

 

 

 

Coaches: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, Dr. Renetta G. Tull

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University System of Maryland (USM) Dissertation House at the PROMISE Summer Success Institute – August 18-19, 2016 #ThinkBigDiversity


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Hanover, MD.– Summer Success Institute (SSI) 2015 Conference. Photos by Cheriss May, http://www.cherissmay.com

University System of Maryland (USM) Dissertation House at the PROMISE Summer Success Institute – August 18-19, 2016 (with activities on 8/20-8/21) – The Hotel at Arundel Preserve, Hanover, Maryland. 

UMBC and PROMISE Maryland’s AGEP are sponsoring the 2016 system-wide Dissertation House for graduate students in STEM programs.  The writing and research retreat will take place at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve.   Lodging for 3 nights and meals are provided for student participants.   Twelve students from the USM system schools will be chosen to participate in this research and writing retreat.  http://www.thehotelarundel.com/. This event is available to graduate students at any school within the University System of Maryland: http://www.usmd.edu/institutions/.

 2016 PROMISE SSI Dissertation House Schedule (subject to updates):

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Summer 2016 Dissertation House at UMBC


The Summer 2016 Dissertation House is coming to UMBC (July 5, 2016 to July 8, 2016)!  Students 10932467_1386741814967733_1134987916_nwho participate in this program will spend each day thinking, writing, and sharing ideas about their doctoral dissertations.  Students will learn effective time-management skills; learn how to set small manageable goals, and will meet with a dissertation coach in one-on-one consultations to discuss and address obstacles that might prevent them completing their degrees.

HOW TO APPLY

Graduate students who plan to participate should follow the application procedure below: 

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Winter 2016 Dissertation House


The Winter Dissertation House is coming to UMBC (January 19-22, 2016). Graduate Winter-ICE - mandelbrot-1009704_1280students who plan to participate should follow the application procedures on the application webpage for the Dissertation House (below).

Open application period: December 8, 2015– January 6, 2016 

(Please note that there are only 12 to 15 slots for this event, consider applying early) 

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Bilingual Teaching Opportunities and Faculty Positions at the Ana G. Mendez University in Wheaton, MD


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Interested in teaching or becoming a faculty? Ivette Cruz and Sundia Nazario Cardona from Ana G. Mendez University in Wheaton, MD will come to campus to discuss about bilingual teaching opportunities and faculty positions! Please come to listen about these opportunities! Refreshments will be served. 

Registration
Attendees who are affiliated with UMBC:
  • Please register at the myUMBC website

Attendees who are not affiliated with UMBC:

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Dissertation House for Employees and Non-traditional Students, 10/16/2015 – 10/17/2015


If you are an employee of UMBC (50% time or more) or a “Non-Traditional” student, and if you are working on your graduate school courses, proposal, or dissertation, then this event is for you! We’ve worked with our UMBC employees who are also graduate students at UMBC, College Park, Northeastern, and other institutions.  This year, we are extending this opportunity to non-traditional students who are coming back to school or working full-time. This time is for you! This session will have support, coaching, and food will be provided for you on both days.

You work hard every day to serve others on our campus! You may be supporting your family members, or you have decided to take some time for yourself to reach your goals.  Now, let us work with you to finish your graduate degree. This version of the “Dissertation House” was created just for you!

Dissertation House in Summer 2015

Dissertation House for UMBC Employees and Non-Traditional Students
Friday, 10/16/15,   9:00 – 5:00 PM (Part I)
Saturday
, 10/17/15, 10:00 – 3:00 PM (Part II)

Application: https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/apply/

Graduate students who are at other schools within the University System of Maryland (http://www.usmd.edu/institutions/) may apply, and will be considered if there is space available.

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A great night – Sisters in the Dissertation House. A great DH, sponsored by UMB


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One post describes the event. It was a banner evening for the “Sisters in the Dissertaton House” discussion on Friday, August 14, 2015.

PROMISE also thanks its partner at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) for sponsoring the Dissertation House for the SSI, August 13-14, 2015.

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“Sisters in The Dissertation House” book discussion and dessert session, Fri. 8/14, 8:30 PM @ The Hotel


Friday Night, August 14, 2015

8:30 PM – 10 PM

The Hotel at Arundel Preserve,  7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076

Book Discussion & Dessert Session: Sisters in the Dissertation House

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Book author Dr. Jennifer Bacon will be discussing the “Sisters in The Dissertation House” book, based on the experiences of Maryland students who persisted through their dissertation process via the intervention and support system of the PROMISE Dissertation House. Dr. Bacon, a former professor at Iona College, is currently working on writing projects as a resident of Costa Rica. This session is open to women and men.

Moderator: Dr. Shanna L. Smith, former PROMISE College Park Assistant and current Frederick Douglass Teaching Fellow, English Department, Bloomsburg State University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Smith’s writing and poetry has been published, and she was a featured professor for Bloomsburg State University’s “Big Dog” Reading Series. Shanna L. Smith is author of “Being Neighborly: Performance in Seen It All and Done the Rest”, Pearl Cleage and Free Womanhood (McFarland & Company, 2012)

Discussants for the “Sisters in the Dissertation House” session at the 2015 SSI include women who were featured in the book:

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  • Dr. Alexis Williams (Human Development), Lecturer in the College of Education, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Teaching and Learning Transformation Center at College Park
  • Dr. Sophoria “Nikki” Westmoreland (Mechanical Engineering) – former Visiting professor at the United States Naval Academy, and current Specialist at Accelerated Development & Support (ADS) Corporation, providing support for the Office of Naval Research.

To reserve a space, please register by sending email to

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using the subject:

“SSI 2015 Sisters in the DH”

with the following information in the body of the message:

1) NAME, 2) School/Organization, 3) Phone #, 4) Reason for interest in the session.

This session will be held in a hotel suite. Details will only be released to those who have registered using the method above. 

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“Sisters in The Dissertation House” is published by New Forums Press, available at: http://newforums.com/our-titles/successful-faculty-development/scholarly-writing-publishing/sisters-dissertation-house-dissertation-narrative/.

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Also available on Amazon:

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Take a Dissertation Break at the UMBC Mind Spa

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The Summer 2015 Challenge is now online! Are you working? Post your goals!


pier-569314_1920 SUMMER no attribution neededEach summer we host a Dissertation House online that connects to participants in our in-person Dissertation Houses in Maryland. You don’t need to be a doctoral student in Maryland to join. You can be  student at any school in the world. The key is that we are in favor of forming a community to catapult you to the next level. Here is the link for the current installment:

https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/blog-online-challenge/summerdh2015/

You’re invited! Join us!

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Dissertation House at the 2015 PROMISE Summer Success Institute (SSI): Aug. 13-15


University System of Maryland (USM) Dissertation House at the PROMISE Summer Success Institute – August 13-15, 2015

UMB VerticalThe University of Maryland, Baltimore  and PROMISE Maryland’s AGEP are sponsoring a system-wide Dissertation House for graduate students in STEM programs.  The writing and research retreat will take place at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve.   Lodging for 2 nights and meals are provided for student participants.   Twelve students from the USM system schools will be chosen to participate in this research and writing retreat.  http://www.thehotelarundel.com/

 2015 PROMISE SSI Dissertation House Schedule:

  • Thursday 8/13, 3:00 PM Hotel Check-in
  • Thursday 8/13, 5:00 PM Dissertation House Opening Session, Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale (Dissertation Coach) 
  • Thursday 8/13, 6 PM – 7 PM:  Dinner Meeting
  • Thursday 8/13, 7 PM – 12 midnight: Work Session #1
  • Friday 8/14, 8 AM – 9 AM: Breakfast
  • Friday 8/14, 9 AM – 9:15 AM: Welcome – Dr. Erin Golembewski (UMB)
  • Friday 8/14, 9:15 AM – 10 AM: Mini Lecture –  Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale
  • Friday 8/14, 10 AM – 12 noon: Work Session #2
  • Friday 8/14, 12 PM – 1PM: Working Lunch
  • Friday 8/14, 1 PM – 2PM: “Writing Lab” Seminar with Clancy Clawson of the UMB Writing Center
  • Friday 8/14, 2 PM – 6  PM Work Session #3
  • Friday 8/14, 6 PM – 7  PM Dinner Meeting
  • Friday 8/14, 7 PM -12 midnight Work Session #4
  • Saturday 8/15, 8 AM – 3 PM: PROMISE Summer Success Institute Program, includes #ThinkBigDiversity breakout session for “Continuing Students.”
  • Saturday 8/15, HOTEL Late checkout (time TBA)

OPTIONS

  • SSI Suite – Hotel at Arundel Preserve: Friday 8/14, 8:30PM – 10 PM: Sisters in the Dissertation House Book Discussion & Dessert Session –  Optional DH activity, part of the PROMISE SSI, open to others outside of the DH event (sponsored by the PROMISE AGEP, with DH Alumni Dr. Jennifer Bacon and Dr. Shanna Smith)
  • Students who want to stay until Sunday are encouraged to book an extra night on their own for a Saturday night – Sunday stay: Guests can call the hotel’s main line and reference “PROMISE AGEP SSI 2015” or group code “3065” to book remaining group discounted rates: 410-796-9830, http://hotelarundel.com/
  • Anyone who stays Saturday-Sunday will have the option to have additional one-on-one, or small group mentoring sessions with Dr. Renetta Tull, PROMISE Director

Eligibility for the SSI Dissertation House:

1) Enrolled in a STEM graduate program (based on the NSF-supported fields per the NSFGRFP) at one of the schools within the University System of Maryland

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2) Underrepresented according to the NSF Definition for AGEP, U.S. Citizen

Per NSF.gov: AGEP is committed to the national goal of increasing the numbers of underrepresented minorities (URMs), including those with disabilities, entering and completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate education and postdoctoral training to levels representative of the available pool. URMs include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

This event is part of the 2015 PROMISE Summer Success Institute. Following the Dissertation House (DH) sessions on Thursday and Friday, all DH participants will be required to continue participation in the PROMISE SSI on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve:

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All 12 participants will check in on Thursday, and check out on Saturday.

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TO APPLY: Follow the instructions outlined on the application page: https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/apply/

DEADLINE: Friday, July 24, 2015

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The host for the 2015 USM-wide Dissertation House will be the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB).

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UMB’s Sr. Associate Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Erin Golembewski, and the team from UMB (Coordinator –  LaNette Parson, Writing Center Coordinator – Clancy Clawson) welcome applicants from around the state to UMB’s 2015 PROMISE Dissertation House. As part of the PROMISE SSI Dissertation House structure, complimentary hotel lodging will be provided for DH participants. Students from western Maryland and the Eastern Shore, e.g., Frostburg University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Salisbury University, are particularly encouraged to participate. Learn more about PROMISE at UMB:

http://www.graduate.umaryland.edu/Current-Students/PROMISE-Program/

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Dissertation Coach: Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale

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Summer Dissertation House (July 7-10, 2015)


The Summer Dissertation House is coming to UMBC, July 7-10 2015. Graduate students who plan to participate should follow the application procedures on the application webpage for the Dissertation House.

Open application period: Early bird May 20, 2015 – May 31, 2015. Late registration June 1, 2015 – June 7, 2015 (Applications received during the early bird period will have priority.)

(Please note that there are only 15 to 18 slots for this event, consider applying early)

Applications received after June 7, 2015 will be considered for the DH waiting list. More information about the Dissertation House: https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/about/

  • The Dissertation House runs from 9 AM – 5PM, for four days, Tuesday, July 7 through Friday, July 10, 2015
  • Students must plan to attend the full session, for each of the 4 days.
  • Daily schedule includes 2 mini-lectures, and 5 hours of writing per day.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and a snack will be served daily.

The July 7-10, 2015 Dissertation House is only available to UMBC’s graduate students who can attend in-person, however, the online version is open to anyone, from any institution, world-wide!
This version of the Dissertation House is open to all graduate students, in all disciplines.
There are 15 to 18 spaces available for the Dissertation House.
Details regarding eligibility can be found on the application page of the website for the Dissertation House. Subscribe to the website: http://www.thedissertationhouse.com
Read about The Dissertation House in UMBC’s Alumni Magazine: Byrne, R. (2011, Fall) “The Write Stuff”, UMBC Magazine. p. 12

Please login to MyUMBC, click “I can attend” here: http://my.umbc.edu/groups/promise/events/32556 , *AND* follow the
application procedures on the main website for the Dissertation House: https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/apply/

In August, we will hold a consolidated, marathon version Dissertation House for STEM graduate students of the USM, during the PROMISE Summer Success Institute: https://promiseagep.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/promise-summer-success-institute-ssi-august-15-2015/

The Dissertation Houses are co-sponsored by PROMISE AGEP: Maryland Transformation (an AGEP-T project), The Graduate School at UMBC, and The Graduate School at The University of Maryland College Park.

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“Create the $$$$ slide” – Scott Morgan @UMBC Saturday Brunch Seminar


This morning, Scott Morgan from DC’s The Morgan Group is the key speaker for our Saturday Brunch Seminar on public speaking and preparing presentations.

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Morgan suggests that each person should have a “money slide” or a main idea that is featured in your slide deck. This is the slide that you use even if you only have two minutes to present. It is the slide that explains your main point to your committee, investors, employers during a job talk, etc.

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“No one will lower your grade if you don’t submit to a conference.” UMBC Graduate Dean Janet Rutledge discusses the need for self efficacy and independence


On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Dr. Janet Rutledge, Dean of the Graduate School at UMBC, addressed the participants of the Winter 2015 Dissertation House. Dr. Rutledge, a national leader in graduate education, discussed the “process” of obtaining the PhD. She stated that the papers that were being written in high school or during undergraduate studies were generally “discovery papers,” or introductions to research. Graduate students are expected to learn the process of doing research in the discipline: gather background information, find out what others have done, learn what has worked well in the past and what didn’t work, and make strides toward possible solutions.

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Dean Rutledge also discussed the need to develop skills for becoming an independent scholar, and the need to engage in scholarly activities outside of the classroom and the laboratory. She acknowledged that it can be difficult to develop a sense of scholarly independence, and said, “No one will lower your grade if you don’t submit to a conference.” Following this statement, the dean encouraged the graduate students to participate in their professional societies and begin to develop expert knowledge by connecting with others in the field. She noted that these activities may not necessarily be driven by others, and that students need plans of action to be sure that they are actively engaged in external academic activities that will be of benefit to their knowledge base, scholarly network, and future careers.

Dr. Rutledge’s research covered a mathematical model for speech using low bit-rate coding. In addition to being Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School, she is on the faculty in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.  

 

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Dissertation House @UMBC started today! Post your goals (and “finishing the dissertation in 3 days” should NOT be one of them!)


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At 9:00 AM EST, we opened the Winter 2015 Dissertation House at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland). We have a wonderful group of students from UMBC and UMB in house, and we invite you to join us. Our Dissertation Coach is Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale. Dr. Carter-Veale is challenging the group to post “measurable” goals, and she urges everyone to be realistic so that each can accomplish an actual goal by the end of the week. Some people think that they will be able to accomplish huge tasks in a short period of time, and while you will be productive, we want to be sure that you are setting yourselves up for success. Therefore, it is not necessarily prudent to try to finish such a large task within a few days.

Graduate students who are participating in the Dissertation House here at UMBC had to apply to participate. If you are not participating in person, we invite you to join us online:

https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/blog-online-challenge/winter-2015-challenge/

Post your goals and join others in the challenge to “get it done!”

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Write your dissertation like it’s a job, not a hobby. Tips from @DrWCarter, Dr. @AlexisInc, & Dr. Nanda Cortes in http://thedissertationhouse.com


This morning, we opened the Fall 2014 “Dissertation House for Employees and Non-Traditional Students.” This event is set aside to specifically serve career professionals, and non-traditional students who came back to school to work on their PhDs. Some have children in college, and some are leaders (e.g., VPs, Directors) in their respective professions. For various reasons, the PhD has been elusive … they haven’t had time to finish the dissertation. In the room today, we have a person from the Office of the Provost at a USM school, and attorney who is in the Public Policy program, an Assist. VP,  a clinical professional at a national lab, and some full-time IT professionals. This event is for them, and we invite you to join in. Join us online: https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/blog-online-challenge/summer-2014-challenge/

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Tips from Dr. Wendy Carter-Veale, the Dissertation Coach and owner of http://www.phdcompletion.com/

  • *When it was time to go to graduate school, you did whatever you needed to do to get in. You wrote the statement, took the exams, asked for the letters … now I need you to to do whatever you need to do to get out. Be that committed.
  • “Stop looking for big blocks of time, carve out 15 minutes each day.”
  • “Feedback gets you closer to a PhD, perfection won’t.”

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AlexiscropTips from Dr. Alexis Williams, Human Development, University of Maryland College Park, Dissertation House Alum:

 

  • Label what is easy, medium, and hard
  • Create a system for accountability (I still have an accountability partner!)
  • Be systematic and committed
  • Set your countdown to defense and place it where you’ll see it every day.
  • Build the habit of getting up and showing up for the dissertation. It’s hard but it feels so much better emotionally to do even a little every day.

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Tips from Dr. Nanda Cortes, Biological Sciences, UMBC, Dissertation House Alum:

  • Break it into chunks
  • Work for a few minutes, finish a graph, do something even if it’s something that doesn’t require a lot of thinking.
  • Exercise or have a hobby. It helps clear the mind and makes it easier to work.
  • Find a good support group

 

As one of the co-founders of The Dissertation House, I urged our participants to take this time for themselves. Our career professionals in the room are always doing things for others, and in their dedication to their responsibilities, they haven’t always taken time for themselves. This is that time. We urge you to do the same … move your dissertation forward, today.

Dr. Renetta G. Tull, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development and Postdoctoral Affairs, UMBC

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Dissertation House for Employees and Non-traditional Students, 10/10-11


If you are an employee of UMBC (50% time or more) or a “Non-Traditional” student, and if you are working on your graduate school courses, proposal, or dissertation, then this event is for you! We’ve worked with our UMBC employees who are also graduate students at UMBC, College Park, Northeastern, and other institutions.  This year, we are extending this opportunity to non-traditional students who are coming back to school or working full-time. This time is for you! This session will have support, coaching, and food will be provided for you on both days.

You work hard every day to serve others on our campus! You may be supporting your family members, or you have decided to take some time for yourself to reach your goals.  Now, let us work with you to finish your graduate degree. This version of the “Dissertation House” was created just for you!

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Dissertation House for UMBC Employees and Non-Traditional Students
Friday, 10/10/14,   9:00 – 5:00 PM (Part I), COMM 331
Saturday
, 10/11/14, 10:00 – 3:00 PM(Part II), COMM 331

Application: https://dissertationhouse.wordpress.com/apply/

Graduate students who are at other schools within the University System of Maryland (http://www.usmd.edu/institutions/) may apply, and will be considered if there is space available.

 

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Dissertation House for University System of Maryland at SSI, August 14-15, 2014


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University System of Maryland (USM) Dissertation House at the PROMISE Summer Success Institute – August 14-15, 2014

The University of Maryland, College Park  and PROMISE Maryland’s AGEP are sponsoring a system-wide Dissertation House for graduate students in STEM programs.  The writing and research retreat will take place at the Hotel at Arundel Preserve.   Lodging for 2 nights and meals are provided for student participants.   Twelve students from the USM system schools will be chosen to participate in this research and writing retreat.  http://www.thehotelarundel.com/

 2014 PROMISE SSI Dissertation House Schedule:

  • 8/14  6-9 pm  Introduction to DH, Dinner Meeting
  • 8/14 9-11  pm Work Session
  • 8/15  9-6  pm DH Sessions, Work Session, Breakfast and Lunch
  • 8/15 6-8 pm Dinner Meeting
  • 8/15 9-11 pm Work Session

Eligibility for the SSI Dissertation House:

STEM Graduate Program, URM according to the NSF Definition for AGEP, U.S. Citizen

Per NSF.gov: AGEP is committed to the national goal of increasing the numbers of underrepresented minorities (URMs), including those with disabilities, entering and completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) graduate education and postdoctoral training to levels representative of the available pool. URMs include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

DH SSI

This event is part of the PROMISE Summer Success Institute. Following the Dissertation House sessions on Thursday and Friday, all participants will be required to continue participation in the PROMISE SSI on Saturday, August 16 at The Hotel at Arundel Preserve: http://promiseagep.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/promise_ssi_2014/

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